While browsing in my Special:Preferences today, I noticed that we
apparently support no less than five variants of Chinese:
zh-cn (simplified, as used by the Chinese mainland)
In translating the Commons namespace pages and templates, we seem to
most commonly have zh-hans and zh-hant, corresponding to simplified
and traditional characters. I think the "han" is to qualify the
language as Mandarin (also known as Hanyu, literally the language of
the Hans) rather than, say, Cantonese (zh-yue) or any other variety of
Chinese. I have noticed that people seem to have stopped using zh-tw
and zh-cn. Which makes sense: the country distinction is not what's
important in this choice. AFAIK there are no major differences between
Chinese as written in mainland China and Singapore, so I don't know
why we offer that distinction.
I don't even know why we still have people doing the man-hours of
'translating' between traditional and simplified when zh.wp is, after
all, using some automatic converter. Should we ask for it to be
installed for Commons? I don't know why it wasn't in the first
place... I have a small suspicion that the traditional folks enjoy
maintaining their translations, why is why no one's raised the issue,
but it's just a hunch.
I have activated CommonsTicker  for a first live test at the German
Wikipedia  (have a look at the wiki text of the actual entries in
, you don't need to speak German for that). An announcement about it
is on the Village Pump . After a short test run, I will set up ticker
pages on other projects on request (in cooperation with a local admin).
CommonsTicker monitors Common's RC feed and records deletion and
replacement of images, as well as deletion tags being placed on
description pages. For each project with a ticker page, CommonsTicker
then determines which images are used on that project, and posts a
notice for the local community.
I hope this will help to integrate Commons more closely with the
Wikipedia communities; I hope this will get people more involved with
commons, and gets us some help unlinking images that have to be deleted,
So, please have a look...
PS: please forward this message to the mailing lists of wikimedia
projects that may be interested in a CommonsTicker page.
I've started adding captions to the Gray's anatomy images, but there are
just too many.
I have had a bot prepare links and tags with the appropriate captions at:
Ayn help would be appreciated. Best you start somewhere in the list at
random, to avoid double effort.
I'll run the bot again in a few days to see what's left. Then I also can
list the missing Gray images.
Apologies in advance if this has been brought up already, but is there any
specific reason wikipedia doesn't use book references as a source of income?
Personally, and for many others I'm sure, this would make wikipedia a lot
more convenient, as a lot of times I'm looking up the same books I buy on
Amazon as topics I'm looking up on wikipedia. For example, I recently bought
Proofs From The Book, referenced here:
Had there been a direct link, I would have saved myself about 10 seconds of
opening an Amazon tab and searching for the book, and made Wikipedia a buck
It would also make good sense for there to be a strong correlation between
repeat customers on Amazon and frequent visitors on wikipedia (I know I am
The ability to block a user from uploading only would be unbelievably
useful on the Commons. Blocking users alltogether is a bit silly for
(suspected) copyright violators/repeat offenders, since we want them
to still be able to add copyright info to image description pages.
EugeneZelenko just raised it again on the VP but I thought I would
raise it here since maybe a few more 'dev-types' read the mailing
>From my extremely limited knowledge of MediaWiki, it seems like the
solution would be to create a usergroup 'bannedupload', and the only
different permission they have is ['upload'] = false.
But I don't know who has permission to change user groups (ie
add/remove people). Probably Bureaucrats by default since they make
sysops and bots. We would actually want this permission for
administrators, since they can block users, blocking uploads is a
lesser action. Seems like that might be trickier...
Any solution or comments are welcome here and/or at
Here's a somewhat longer answer to Brianna's message :
I have recorded in a table, the activity of the village pump on Commons,
the number of administrators, and the date of last edit of the main page
in their language for the various language communities. Here's the link :
My conclusion is that although some communities seem to have been
completely inactive in 2006, most of them show at least some small
activity in 2006.
>Help us harass the developers for automatic translation of templates,
>automatic language selection based on browser settings and/or
>drop-down menu for language choice on the main page, for adoption of
>Duesentrieb's proposed category translation scheme via interwikis.
>These are just a few of the proposals that we dream of being
>implemented but have no idea if it will ever happen.
Do you have links ? On bugzilla, maybe ? I have never used the voting
system on bugzilla. Maybe I could, but please tell me which are the
« (fr) Commons:Bistro Maintained, but not very active (6 topics).
Actually the French Bistro has around 5 new topics per month. The
preceding months have been recently archived, and this is why it
looks so short.
I like your idea of classifying which language community is active
or not. I'll try to write a longer answer to your interesting point of
My Commons helper tool  can now directly copy an image from a
wikipedia to the commons, using a perl script written by Eloquence.
Note that this is now the default behaviour for the "CO" button on
"missing images" as well.
You can also call the commonshelper with GET parameters (in the URL).
This might assist an organized effort to copy GFDL/PD/CC images to the